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In an age of blurry lines differentiating musical genres, Ali Sperry & the Family Vacation are a Nashville-based conglomeration of friends, roommates and lovers who’s music one could describe as indie-pop-folk-rock. And you might as well go ahead and sprinkle on some Americana and stir it all up with some soul. The songs in their simplest form are stories of love, of hearts broken and healing, and explorations of human relationships with oneself and one another. In layers of lush string arrangements, of rock & roll electric guitar with tender finger-picked acoustic, and drum tones that run the gamut from Ringo to tribal, these simple stories become evocative and visceral musical landscapes.
Music has been a constant force in Ali’s life. Her childhood soundtrack was her mom’s singing and her dad’s cello playing, in addition to being well-steeped in their favorite music of the 60s and 70s—Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor. Once Ali discovered her mom’s vinyl copy of Song to a Seagull, she began to obsessively sing and harmonize her way through the whole album and then flip it over and do it again.
Having moved to Nashville in 2009 to join girl-group Sweetwater Rose, Ali has since released her debut solo project Storybook. She and the Family Vacation are embarking full-steam-ahead to play this music in clubs, theatres, homes, coffee shops, bookstores and bowling alley’s all across the country. The band loosely formed in January of 2012, when this group of friends gathered together in the studio to record Storybook. In preparation to go into the studio, Ali had no plans of putting together a band, she just asked her most trusted and dear musical compatriots to get involved with the project, and they did. It was the force of their combined energy and creativity that made these songs what they are, how they are meant to be heard.
“I can’t think of anything more joyful,” says Ali “than the act of making music with people who I love as friends and deeply admire as musicians. There is no company I would rather be in.”
You can check them out at http://alisperry.com, as well as on Facebook, Itunes, and Spotify.